Walkers joined Ramblers volunteers for our first ever path maintenance holiday in October, hosted with HF Holidays, opening up a stretch of footpath at Wendron near Helston in Cornwall to the delight of local residents.
Seven walkers joined REACT (Ramblers Environmental Action Clearance Team) volunteers from the Cornwall Ramblers for a three day working break based from HF Holiday’s Chy Morvah Country House in St Ives.
With direction from the REACT volunteers and tools provided by HF Holidays, the group braved all conditions to open up half a mile of poorly maintained footpath, clearing overgrown vegetation and cutting back trees from the line of the path as well as resurfacing sections of it.
The group – none of whom had done path maintenance volunteering with the Ramblers before – also installed a fingerpost and new stile steps as well as a sleeper bridge, willow dam, drainage ditches and a revetment to protect the path from a nearby stream.
The work, finished in just a few days, might have taken REACT volunteers two to three months to complete within their normal path maintenance schedule. REACT will also be able to use the tools provided for future path maintenance.
“I think the project was a tremendous success” said Bob Fraser, who coordinates REACT’s path maintenance efforts. “The participants seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and I think enjoyed a sense of achievement at the end.”
The group’s efforts was also a great success for the local community with one local resident stopping to thank the group for all the work they had done to improve the path for everyone to enjoy during the last day’s activity.
We’re thrilled to have been able to run the holiday and are hugely grateful to HF Holidays, REACT and all the participants for their support and enthusiasm. We’re hoping to run more path maintenance holidays in the future so watch this space!